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Mapping Youth Participation

Conference contribution
Authors Björn Andersson
Susanne Liljeholm Hansson
Zulmir Becevic
Published in Nordic Youth Reserch Symposium, Youth Moves – Voices – Spaces – Subjectivities, 15th–17th of June 2016, Trollhättan, Sweden
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Social Work
Language en
Keywords Youth, participation, cross-national design
Subject categories Youth research


Mapping youth participation Björn Andersson och Susanne Liljeholm Hansson SESSION 16: Spaces and styles of participation Mapping youth participation This abstract relates to a joint open session Spaces and Styles of Participationtogether with Walther, Nyman-Kurkiala and Schwanenfluegel. One important empirical task for the PARTISPACE project is to map how young people engage in participatory activities in the eight cities that take part in the study. To know what we are looking for we have to have some kind of definition of what youth participation means. The general starting point is that participation should be understood as a lived and situated practice. As a more concrete guide for the collection of data we distinguish between formal, non-formal and informal forms of participation. The formal level is about elections, membership in political parties and taking part in youth parliaments or councils. These are activities that often are labelled participation . The non-formal setting is about associations and youth organizations, often supported by various youth work efforts. Finally, the informal level is about all kinds of youth activities, often not considered as participatory, but which nonetheless contain elements that affect young peoples relation to society. Methods that will be used for gathering data are interviews, observations, case studies, group discussions and reconstructing participation biographies. There will also be action research projects carried out by young people themselves. During the seminar we will present the work done in Gothenburg this far. We will discuss and reflect upon the theoretical and methodological approaches used in the study. Does the mapping work or do we miss important aspect of young people s participation due to deficiencies in the design of the study?

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